Manfrotto Compact Advanced
A lightweight aluminium camera support for smaller D-SLRs – and it’s also light on the pocket
You could splash serious cash on a tripod, but this entry-level Manfrotto is a tempting cost-effective option. Five-section aluminium legs and an extending centre column give a useful 165cm maximum shooting height, plus enough support for up to three kilograms of kit, yet the tripod itself weighs just 1.42 kilograms. A simple three-way head tops things off, and though it’s primarily plastic, it works well. The legs won’t spread more than 21 degrees and they’re not especially rigid at full stretch, but the Compact Advanced is still a well-priced and capable companion for a Nikon 1 or lightweight D-SLR. It’s also available in white.